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27th November 2004, 11:34 PM
Can I download software and use the Mac with a Garmin GPS or is it strictly PC and windows only.I have a Garmin GPSmap 176C and a Powerbook G4 17''.

Any info on what I need and how to do it would be appreciated.


28th November 2004, 08:41 AM
Do they have a web site with info about the software?

28th November 2004, 09:28 AM
I suppose you have seen the os 10 software downloads (maths and science)
I am not sure if this link will work



28th November 2004, 11:46 AM
Hi Nev

The software from Garmin is windows only.

The software I use is MacGPS Pro, it enables you to use maps on the mac and up/download tracks, waypoints and routes from your GPSr. MacGPS pro uses serial links between the Mac and GPSr, so you will need a serial to USB converter, I use the one from Keyspan.

The 176c has a serial port, so it should work with MacGPS Pro. I use an eMap and a 276C.

For maps, Graphicconverter will unpack ECW files. For example the maps from NATMAP 250K of Australia can be calibrated in MacGPS Pro using the "x.map" files used in 'OziExplorer.

Maps compressed using "MrSID", eg. TopoView 25k maps of NSW, I have only been able to unpack on a windows PC. The '*.tfw' files work well with MacGPS Pro to calibrate the maps.

Hope this will help you to get started.

28th November 2004, 02:40 PM
Thanks Luren

That looks like what I need. :D


11th January 2006, 03:35 PM
Originally posted by Luren@Nov 28 2004, 11:46 AM
The software from Garmin is windows only.

Hi Nev

Here's an update, the latest news is that "Garmin Announces GPS Product Support for Mac OS X"
Read the press release here. (http://www.garmin.com/pressroom/corporate/011006.html).

Anyway how is it going with your GPSmap 176c? :)